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May 16, 2006 |

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | May 16, 2006 |

**Additional Update: Friend of the site and former critic Maryscott O’Connor has been nice enough to report on this over at the Daily Kos. A few of the commenters there doubt the veracity of our story, which may be justified, but we are merely passing on the information provided to us by our hosting company. We will continue to investigate this (admittedly bizarre) chain of events and keep you posted as best we can. However, we will note that the hosting company did pass along the name of the person at DHS responsible for the seizure, and we are doing our best to contact him as well. There were, apparently, hundreds of websites shut down because of the seizure, including a site called Alabama for Democracy — a story that can be read about here.

*Update: This isn’t a joke, unfortunately. And our server didn’t crash because of the link from USA Today (though, we’re seriously bummed we didn’t get to enjoy that traffic before DHS shut us down). We do appreciate all your comments, however. They’ve actually helped keep our spirits up today. And, the good news is, we will have this weekend’s reviews up (Poseidon, Just My Luck, and Art School Confidential). They may be late but, barring self-inflicted knife wounds following another Lindsay Lohan feature, we’ll get the damn things up somehow. Thanks again for hanging out.

Also, the TV Whore will be adding a “Veronica Mars” wrap-up momentarily.


As you can see, Pajiba is a mess. We were as surprised as anyone when the site went down yesterday, but based on the limited information we have, it looks like the Department of Homeland Security has seized the disk drive on which our site was hosted, and apparently they’ve also taken the backup files. So for the time being, Pajiba has no data, and we don’t think the DHS has any intention of returning the hard drive to our hosting company anytime soon. I suppose we shared server space with some punk who threatened the President or something, and now anyone on that server has to suffer the consequences. Frankly, the entire debacle is pretty heart-wrenching for us and, thus far, completely out of our control. We have no idea when, or if, the disk drives will be returned.

In the meantime, we’ve decided to copy all of our old reviews from their Google caches (thank God for Google), and do our best to rebuild the entire site from scratch, bottom up (which, for me, means relearning a lot of things on Movable Type). So, for the next few days, the place is gonna look like Oprah’s couch after Tom Cruise has had his way with it. We’ll do our best to get the most recent reviews up in as timely a manner as possible, and then we will start adding the archives. I’m not sure what that will mean for this weekend’s reviews yet, unfortunately, but I’m not resting until I get this place back into a respectable place to visit.

Anyway, thanks for your patience … thanks for dropping by … and we do hope you’ll return after we get our shit together. In the meantime, I suppose we can all thank either the Bush Administration or the dumbass terrorists threatening our government, depending on your politics.

Dustin Rowles

The Department of Homeland Security Shut Our Ass Down!

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